SMAAAK News and event dates for 2018

Friends of St. Michael & All Angels, Kingsland (SMAAAK) is a non-religious charity raising funds for the restoration of Kingsland Parish Church, a Grade I listed building dating from the 12th century.

Danuta & Jim, who have been very active in ensuring the success of SMAAAK over the past 4 years, moved from Kingsland at Christmas 2017.  The trustees of SMAAAK are David Thompson, Peter King and Gail Scott, and Carol Sawyers, together with Chris & Rhian Fear have newly joined the fundraising team.

Events planned for 2018 include:

Sunday 18th February – Jack and the Beans Talk

2.30 pm in the Methodist Church – a puppet theatre production by Garlic Theatre, aimed at audience age 3-7 years.

Tickets costing £5 available from Kingsland Post Office and 07774 681403.

Saturday 5th May – Windborne

Vocal harmonies from Windborne, four singers from America present Song on the Times, presenting different forms of folk singing with a powerful difference.  The group, who have been singing together for a while,  was catapulted to fame when a clip of them singing protest songs outside Trump Tower in New York went viral.   They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the various elements of the traditions in which they sing.

Coronation Hall, tickets will cost £12 Adult and £5 Child.

Saturday 14th July – Pop Up Opera

For the 4th year, SMAAAK presents Pop Up Opera, an innovative touring opera company which aims to broaden the appeal of opera and to challenge the way opera is performed.  They aim to reach those who are hesitant about opera, as well as dedicated opera lovers.  This has become a very successful and entertaining event on the calendar for Kingsland.

7.30 pm in the Church.  Tickets will cost £25 Adult and £12 Child

Sunday 9th September to Saturday 16th September – H.Art

Herefordshire’s premier at and sculpture event held across the entire county.  Kingsland Church is the largest of all available venues, and each year is packed with art and sculpture presented by the artists themselves.  All the items on show will be available for purchase, or just visit and be amazed at the talent, skill and breadth of work being produced by local artists.

Admission free

Saturday 7th October – Arcadia Music Festival

A mesmerising evening of classical music, presented by a hugely talented ensemble, the Arcadia Music Festival has become one of the most highly acclaimed festivals in Herefordshire.  Details of this year’s programme will be available soon.

For more information on any of these events, ticket availability or any other SMAAAK productions, phone 07774 681403 or some details can be seen on line at  Tickets will be available before each event from Kingsland Post Office.

Requiem Mass Sunday 25th March – would you like to sing?

Requiem Mass by Gabriel Faure 

Kingsland Church on Palm Sunday 25th March at 6.30pm

If anyone would like to come and join in then please come to rehearse at about 7.30 pm on a Thursday evening in the choir vestry at the back of church.  Give Julie or David Noon (01568 798672) a ring if you would like to come along or just turn up !

Open Meeting of the Millennium Green Trustees – 17th February

There is an open meeting of the Trustees of KMGT in the Coronation Hall on Sat 17th Feb at 10am. Please feel free to come along and if you would like coffee beforehand, that will be available from 9.30am. If you would like a copy of the agenda prior to the meeting, please email the Honorary Secretary at and one will be sent to you.

It should be noted that the maintenance of the Green is totally funded by voluntary contributions received from within the Community. No funding is received from either the Parish Council or Herefordshire Council in respect of ongoing maintenance. The Trustees are extremely grateful for the continued support for the Green from the residents of Kingsland and the surrounding area.

Andrew Parsons : Honorary Secretary – Kingsland Millennium Green Trust

Registered Charity No 1070085

SMAAAK News for December

SMAAAK was established in 2013 to raise funds for the restoration and improvement of our beautiful Our Parish Church. Since its inception, SMAAK has raised close to over £35,000, which has been spent on various improvement. Peter King, Chair of the Kingsland Church Fabric Committee and SMAAAK Trustee, now looks ahead to the next stage of this exciting project.

“Kingsland’s 12th Century Church of St.Michael & All Angels, is a Grade 1 Listed building, and situated at the very heart of our lovely village. As such it takes a great deal of time and money to keep this magnificent building open not just for Church services, but also many other gatherings such as h.Art, Remi Harris, Pop Up  Opera.

Some years ago the Church started a major program of works, in particular the re-roofing. Time never stands still, and once again the Church needs to undertake further major works if we are to bequeath this superb building to future generations. The north aisle now needs re-roofing, the medieval stained glass windows are in very poor condition, the interior requires a complete redecoration, a disabled toilet and kitchen needed, and heating and lighting updates also required, amongst many other detailed improvements.

The estimated cost will be in the region of £400,000 to £450,000 and the Church Council has decided to begin the complicated process of applying for a Heritage Lottery grant. If we are successful, we will need to raise a proportion of the funds ourselves, typically around 10%. Apart from our own congregation, the Church receives no financial help at all other than the non-religious charity, SMAAAK. SMAAAK raises funds for the fabric of the Church and has been a wonderful help in very difficult times. We would ask everyone to support their activities in the knowledge that not only are you helping the Church building survive, but having a very amusing and happy time whilst doing it!

We do hope that the village will help support us in this ambitious program, whether Church goers or not, so that this remarkable building can continue to play a vital part in Kingsland’s daily life”.


The Churchfitters’ ‘Christmas Cracker’ Sunday 10 December  7.30pm in the Kingsland Coronation Hall. Tickets £12, £5 under 16s available in person from Kingsland Post Office,   on-line at or T: 01568 709579

We look forward to seeing you there!

David Thompson, Chair SMAAAK

SMAAAK is a non religious charity raising funds for the restoration and improvement of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland, with community use very much in mind.   Registered Charity 1152383

SMAAAK News for November 2017

Round up…. 

September and October have been busy months for SMAAAK. We are pleased to report that the wonderful Remi Harris Trio gig raised a tad under £1100. And attracting over 1000 visitors, and numerous compliments, h.Art 2017 sales realised £3071 commission donated to the Church Fabric Fund to which we must add Gift Aid. We are awaiting final figures for the superb Arcadia Music Festival, which took place on 7 October.

Our thanks to Rev Julie Read, the Church Wardens and Volunteers who have worked with and, often, around us (!) on all three events and of course, to Markhams Garage and The Corners Inn for their generous sponsorship and raffle prizes. Finally to the wonderful artists who make every event a “must see”.

The next SMAAAK event is the eccentric Churchfitters’ romp of a ‘Christmas Cracker’ on Sunday 10 December at 7.30pm in the Coronation Hall.

What is it about? I hear you ask…. try this!

The Churchfitters is a folk band like no other. A bass guitar made out of a frying pan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectious funk-rock bouzouki. And traditional tunes reinvigorated with mesmerising jazz sax.

The three virtuoso musicians from England and France strut their stuff on a stage that bristles with instruments – adding flute, banjo, dulcimer, tin whistle, guitar, ukulele, stand up dustbin bass and a sackful of percussion to their ensemble. And let’s not forget the unique ‘bing-bong’ machine made out of hacksaw blades.

Throw in some exquisite harmonies, a slew of startlingly original songs interlaced with traditional and new festive songs, Christmas carols and terrible jokes, this cracker of a show will see Christmas in with a bang!

Tickets £12, £5 under 16s available in person from Kingsland Post Office,  on-line at or T: 01568 709579

We look forward to seeing you there!

David Thompson, Chair SMAAAK

SMAAAK is a non religious charity raising funds for the restoration and improvement of St Michael & All Angels, Kingsland, with community use very much in mind.   Registered Charity 1152383